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Urgent Care Visits Increase As The Flu Season Approaches

CareXpress Urgent Care Treats The Flu

Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several people have died from the infection. Dr. Robert Atmar (professor and interim chief of the section of infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas) has predicted that the 2017-2018 flu season could be “severe”. At CareXpress urgent care we try to prevent the flu with immunizations, but we can also help with treatments, too.

Here are some symptoms that are common signs you have the flu:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

CareXpress Urgent Care has already seen the flow of patient visits increasing due to the flu! Many have tested positive for the flu in just the last few weeks. It can happen any time of the year, but the fall and winter months tend to be the worst. As always, the best way to avoid all of this is to be proactive in getting your flu shots. No one wants to be part of the statistics of the 2017-2018 flu season! Don’t wait for the attack of the flu season to get to you. Protect you and your family members.

Not all cases of the flu are severe, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how bad it really is for you. If you’re not certain about the severity of your illness, please feel free to come in at any of our urgent care locations to get tested. We say it is always better to be safe, rather than be sorry!

CareXpress Urgent Care has several locations to serve your needs, provide immunizations for the flu, complete flu testing, or provide treatment options. Please click here for our locations list and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Warns Of Lyme Disease Infected Ticks

Urgent Care Reports On Deer Ticks

In the past few years the number of Lyme disease cases has decreased in Texas, but reports indicate that the deer tick known for carrying Lyme disease is a well established insect in the state of Texas and its range appears to be expanding. Our urgent care doctors warn to pay attention to these little critters, because while not every one will be infected with the disease, all it takes is one bite to spread it if the tick does happen to be infected.

If you find a tick crawling on you, remove it immediately and either flush it down the toilet, wrap it in a sealed bag to toss in the trash, or submerge it in alcohol to suffocate it. If a tick manages to wedge itself inside your skin before you notice it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends utilizing a pair of fine-tipped tweezers for the best removal method.

The CDC tick removal steps include:

  • Grabbing the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • Pulling it upwards.
  • In one steady motion, pull the tick out.

Our urgent care doctors encourage you to try not to wriggle the tick around as this motion can leave remains of the tick lodged inside your skin. After safe removal and disposal of the tick, clean the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Our urgent care doctors would also recommend keeping a close eye on how you feel after a deer tick bite, especially. If Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, it may become late-stage or chronic causing years of misery. Early Lyme disease symptoms may appear to be very flu-like (fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, and joint pain). It is also common for a bull’s-eye pattern rash or headache to accompany the other symptoms.

If you’ve been bitten by a tick and show any of the early symptoms of Lyme disease, you should see your doctor.

We would like to remind everyone that the best preventative is to wear long sleeves and pants if you plan to go hiking near any woody areas and always wear bug repellant. As always, our urgent care staff wishes the best for everyone hoping to enjoy outdoor activities this summer. Should you need to see an urgent care doctor for any common illness, come on in!

Good luck and have a safe and happy summer!

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CareXpress Urgent Care Recognizes ALS Awareness Month

Urgent Care Reports: The Early Warning Signs Of ALS

There are many diseases which bring devastation to patients all around the globe and the owners of CareXpress Urgent Care understand that recognizing these conditions is important as you may be someone at the early stages of having something you don’t even know about! One of these slow progressing diseases is called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The ALS association is recognizing May as ALS awareness month and we’re here to share a bit more about the early signs of ALS.

If your muscles feel achy and you’re continuously visiting an urgent care for the same reason it could be a sign of something more going on with your body. The earliest signs of ALS generally include complaints about the following symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle twitches (fasciculations)
  • Cramps and/or tight and stiff muscles (spasticity)
  • Muscle loss and/or atrophy
  • Slurred and nasal speech
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Excessive choking
  • Excessive shortness of breath
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Hand or leg weakness
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • Fatigue

Unfortunately, as the early signs of ALS are so closely related to various other illnesses, it may not be enough to detect the problem simply by visiting an urgent care or even your primary care physician. As problems escalate to greater weakness, atrophy, or an inability to properly move limbs then it will become more obvious.

Most of the time, as studies have shown, the most common areas of impact include the hands, arm, or one of the legs. Many patients will have great difficulty with the simple tasks they once could manage which would normally involve straightening and bending the limb in question. The onset of ALS can even affect the sound of a patient’s voice and speech patterns. Furthermore, spasms in the jaw muscles, face, voice box, throat, and tongue are common.

As of right now, there is only one approved US FDA approved drug (Riluzole) for ALS which only extends the survival rate and at this time there are no cures. To learn more about this disease, you may click here.

Our urgent care team hopes this article was information.

At CareXpress Urgent Care, we are able to offer diagnosis and treatment for minor injuries and illness. If you would like to more about the services we offer, please click here. If you are in need of treatment for any of our offered services you may visit any of our locations and you may click here to see the hours and operations.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Mononucleosis (Mono)

CareXpress Urgent Care Talks About “The Kissing Disease”

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February is the month of love and there’s no doubt that a lot of kisses will be exchanged during this month, but just be careful about who you’re locking lips with as it could have you feeling weak in more than just a metaphorical way. Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that is often called the kissing disease. Do you know why? Allow our urgent care to review the facts with you.

Mono is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus which lives in a person’s salivary glands and can be spread through saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. This is why activities such as kissing, sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils, and touching someone with unwashed hands can spread this virus.

Our urgent care doctors will tell you that teenagers and young adults are often the victims of this illness, but children can also get it. The symptoms in children are generally quite mild, therefore; the virus may go unnoticed. So how do you know if you have this virus?

Our urgent care doctors report that the most common symptoms of mono are as follows:

  • High fever
  • Severe sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands)
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

These symptoms can start 4 to 6 weeks after you are exposed to the virus. On a more vital note, mono can cause the spleen to swell. If you should feel severe pain in the upper left part of your abdomen then it’s a sign your spleen has burst. This constitutes an emergency situation and you should skip an urgent care visit and go straight to the emergency room.

It is recommended that patients with mono get plenty of rest, use lozenges to soothe their throats, take ibuprofen to reduce fever and soreness, avoid strenuous physical activity to avoid bursting a swollen spleen. Furthermore do not kiss anyone, do not share eating utensils with anyone, and don’t share your toothbrush.

For mono testing feel free to visit CareXpress Urgent Care. Click here for a list of our locations and hours of operation!

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Urgent Care News Coverage: The Hantavirus Mouse Problem

CareXpress Reporting On Outbreak Of Mice

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As many Amarillo residents have started to notice, Mice are becoming quite a problem in the area. As if mosquitoes and spiders weren’t bad enough to deal with, now residents are reporting the growing population of mice which are now entering homes. This newfound mouse problem is no doubt due to the increase of moisture the area has seen lately. Our urgent care staff just wanted to warn people about the Hantavirus that many of these mice could be carrying.

The mice moving into your home could be carrying various other diseases, parasites, and viruses, but the Hantavirus is one that has specifically been documented. According to the city’s health department, the highest risk comes to homeowners who disturb mouse nesting. Touching these nests, droppings, or urine makes it possible for people to breathe in particles containing the virus. It’s important to note that the virus has the potential to progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) which can be fatal.

Our urgent care staff recommends following all precautionary measures necessary. It’s stated that the best thing homeowners can do is set up traps, fill holes around the home where mice can enter, and avoid touching the mice or their nests with bare hands. There are a lot of humane options for those people who care about helping these mice survive.

Symptoms of Hantavirus may be difficult to separate from other illnesses as they share some commonalities such as: A fever and chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain in the abdomen. Should you feel ill and are not certain of the cause, please come visit CareXpress Urgent Care.

We may be able to help you rule out the Hantavirus and get you to feeling better! Our urgent care clinics vary in opening hours. Click here to find the location closest to you!